Dental implant surgery is a common procedure used to replace missing teeth. It involves trauma to both the gums and jaw, but the surgery itself should not cause any pain as the area will be numbed. However, as the numbness wears off, patients may experience some level of discomfort. The process begins with making the area more accessible and drilling a hole for the implant.
While this can seem painful, the jaw does not have any nerves to feel pain. The biggest sensation is pressure, and you won't feel anything from the drills. The dentist will then screw the implant into place. The entire process of numbing, making an incision, drilling, and installing the implants usually takes about an hour.
Once the dentist is satisfied with the placement, they will close the incision. As long as the local anesthesia is in place, you won't feel any pain. Your dentist may give you pain relievers before starting the procedure so that when the effect of the anesthesia wears off, you have enough pain relief just in case. This is when the healing process begins.
It's common to feel pain and notice other symptoms such as bleeding, bruising, swelling, and swelling near the implant site. These symptoms usually peak within three days after surgery and then begin to go away. It's very rare to have severe pain for one to two weeks or more after having a dental implant placed. The process of placing an abutment may cause some bleeding and swelling but it's less severe than any pain experienced after placing the metal post.
Although surgery is not known to be painless, dental implants are one of the most accessible operations. If you want to learn more about how painful the procedure will be, talk to your dentist and ask them to examine your gums to determine how much work you will need to do. Regardless of how much gum tissue is lifted or if a graft is required, the pain lasts one to three days and goes away after that. However, you'll likely notice some pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and swelling at the end of the day.
You probably won't feel much pain or discomfort immediately after your dental implant is placed due to numbness and sedation. If pain and swelling persist up to day 14, it's important to visit your dentist immediately as this may be a sign of infection. Patients may expect some swelling but your dentist can give you antibiotics and pain relievers to treat it. If you feel pain especially days later, you should seek medical attention or schedule an appointment with your dentist for follow-up.